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Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

December 20, 2018

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly and there’s no better way to indulge in great joy + lights than with this Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog. This delicious eggnog is made from cashews, plant-based milk, amazing warm spices, and comes completely naturally sweetened and with a pinch of turmeric for added nutritional value. The perfect Holiday drink made in just 5 minutes and is perfect for the entire family. All vegan + GF.

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Let’s talk about this Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog, shall we? If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably a bit hesitant to drink a tall glass of eggnog because of the raw eggs situation!

If not, then kudos to you! So, of course this recipe will be a lifesaver for those of us who aren’t so excited about it! Not to worry—you won’t miss a thing with this version of eggnog!

In fact, to be honest—I enjoyed this eggnog A WHOLE LOT BETTER than the traditional version. It’s full of flavor, holiday spices, and the creaminess is UNBELIEVABLE!

How to Make this Vegan Eggnog Super Creamy.

When it comes to vegan eggnog, using cashews as the creaminess factor is the secret sauce to it all.

Yes, that’s right—-cashews. If I’m honest, I use cashews A LOT in my recipes, especially in my vegan recipes. When soaked and blended, it adds a nice creamy texture to anything. It did the same for this carrot juice. 

What You’ll Love Most About This Homemade Eggnog.

Very easy to whip together and uses minimal main ingredients.

Ready in less than 5 minutes TOTAL.

Warm and comforting with every sip.

Add a little alcohol for an extra twist.

Loaded with delicious Fall/Winter spices.

A great eggless eggnog option!

All dairy-free, vegan, + GF.

Makes for the perfect sweet treat for the entire family.

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you know that I’ve been tossing in a few Drink recipes here and there, however, my mission is to create more healthy options for those of you who enjoy a good glass of something refreshing.

Awesome Vegan Drinks to Try this Season.

Creamy Jamaican-Inspired Vegan Carrot Juice

Citrus Honey Lime Mint Mocktail

Banana Mango Raspberry ‘Sunrise’ Oats Smoothie

Cucumber Ginger Lemon Detox Juice

Natural Homemade Lemon Ginger Ale

Vegan Chai Tea Latte with Turmeric

What Makes this Vegan Eggnog Different?

OK, so there’s a pinch of turmeric in this eggnog. Yup! Just to be clear, this gives it a nice color (hence it’s not CRAZY light in color) and it has a great dose of healthy benefits to it.

Oh and I’ve recently started using this Almond-Cashew milk blend from the Califia Farms brand and I’m so hooked! It has a nice toasty flavor of both nuts and is so light, much like their other versions of milk. Of course, you can always use your own personal favorite plant-based milk brand.

Overall, I must admit that this vegan eggnog is EVERYTHING! I love how creamysmooth, and easy this recipe is. Plus, the spices are so warm and comforting and the addition of turmeric adds such great health benefits.

LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER SWEETENER OPTION?

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Why Add Turmeric? Health Benefits?

Usually, Chai Tea latte doesn’t include turmeric (at all), however, I love adding turmeric to certain recipes because of it’s nutritional value.

Believe me, adding turmeric to this drink doesn’t change a thing in terms of compromising it’s taste. It’s still REALLY GOOD.

In case you weren’t aware, in order to get the full benefit from turmeric, you have to add a tiny bit of black pepper.

But Why Turmeric + Black Pepper?

In case you weren’t aware, Turmeric is an amazing ingredient to incorporate into your dishes. The health benefits that derive from this simple ingredient is so awesome.

But if you’re wondering, what is turmeric and where you can find it—no worries. Let’s talk!

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry it’s yellow hue. That’s right—it creates that bright yellow color all on it’s own.

In addition, the main ingredient in turmeric—curcumin is where all the incredible benefits lie. It has powerful inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

The only downside is that curcumin is present at a very low rate in turmeric, therefore, the best way to gain the full benefits of this ingredient is to take supplements with high contents of curcumin, specifically. OK, so where does black pepper come in? Whelp, black pepper’s main ingredient–piperine actually helps the body to absorb curcumin (by large increases) which gives us the full effect of health benefits at work.

Piperine on it’s own has it’s own set of benefits which range from nausea relief to headaches to poor digestion.

Therefore, the next time that you chose to add turmeric to your foods/drinks to add a few health benefits, don’t forget to add the black pepper. And don’t worry—it’s not that much that is required either.

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Creamy Homemade Vegan Eggnog

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves: 4 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained, + rinsed (See Notes!)
  • 2 cups Almond milk (I use Califia Farms; You can use your own fave plant-based milk; See Notes!)
  • 1/2 cup Agave (See Notes!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric
  • pinch of black pepper

Optional:

  • CocoWhip!, for topping
  • 1/2 cup light rum, for alcoholic option
  • cinnamon stick

Instructions

  • Begin by adding cashews and milk together to a blender (high-powered), blending for 2-3 minutes until cashews have completely broken down and blended entirely.
  • Add the Agave, vanilla, and spices, blending again until completely smooth.
  • **NOTE: If still too thick, add an additional 1/4 cup of almond milk**
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour or serve over ice.
  • To serve, add eggnog to prepared glass(es) and top with CocoWhip and a single cinnamon stick, if desired.
  • Sip and enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Keep leftover eggnog refrigerated + covered for 2-3 days for optimal freshness.
  • SOAKED CASHEWS:To best soak cashews, add 1 cup of cashews to a bowl or measuring cup and cover with cold water, sealing the top with plastic wrap and leaving it out (at room temp.) overnight. When ready to use, drain and rinse. If not able to soak overnight, simply cover cashews with boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes, drain, + rinse.
  • SWEETENER: You can always use maple syrup, Vegan honey, or organic brown sugar as a substitute for Agave. For vegan honey—-Bee Free Honee, click link.
  • WHAT PLANT-BASED MILKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS RECIPE?My go-to plant-based milk is Almond milk from Califia Farms. However, you can always use your fave or one of the following: coconut milk, oat milk (froths/foams VERY WELL), flax milk, etc.

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  1. I just loved the recipe and i will make it at home. The use of an brilliant spice turmeric makes it special. Turmeric is anti inflammatory and anti-oxidant. To know What Does Turmeric Taste Like

    • Hi Phillip! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! This recipe is one of my faves and adding turmeric was the best idea! Such great health benefits! 🙂